Don’t miss

I think I understood correctly…..I don’t get facebook……Jay Spady is going to be in Skagway Alaska next month.  We will be headed south by then.  When in Skagway don’t miss an opportunity to ride the White Pass Railway.  It is an historic narrow gauge railway that takes you from tide water into the the majestic mountains on the boarder of Alaska and British Columbia.  The railroad had been the way to get to Whitehorse.  Then a stern wheeler would take you the rest of the way to Dawson up

Train station Frazer BC

Train station Frazer BC

until 1957 when the Klondike highway was built. The gold ruhsers of 1898 hiked over the White Pass trail.  There is also a tour that takes you to the top of the pass where you can ride bikes down….15% grade….hee-ha!

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Touring Dawson

I have lived in Dawson many summers so I know interesting places to see that most visitors don’t see.  We took Gary to the stern wheeler grave yard and several mines.P1010144

Schmidt Mining's Quartz Creek mine

Schmidt Mining’s Quartz Creek mine

 

A smaller operation on Quartz Creek

A smaller operation on Quartz Creek

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Ready Bullion pay found

While Gary was visiting our Upper Bonanza claims I let him run the dozer a bit.  He found that digging permafrost is impossible.   I had been pushing a bit of thawed mud off every few days all summer.  About 100 feet behind the dozer in this picture I finally got through the ice and mud and found some of Ready Bullion Creeks pay gravel.  It is not an easy thing as it is covered by many feet of frozen muck.  I guess that has kept it safe for all these years.  I am pretty excited to mine it!  This years season is finished so it will need to remain hidden for another year!P1010150

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We are headed out to the creeks

We are going out to our Bonanza creek claims to drill some.  We will be coming back early today for the miners barbecue.  I saw something from Francine Cox.  She lives in Tok Alaska apparently.  We are practically neighbors.  We should visit.  Tok is only 180 miles over the Top of The World highway.  We are only in Dawson for the summers and the highway is closed for winter. We will be here only a couple more weeks then south.  We were to Anchorage and Tok this summer for parts.  The name highway is an exaggeration.  It is a narrow dirt road much of the way.  We stopped in beautiful down town Chicken for Rocket, Kathy’s dog, to do the chicken dance.P1010035 P1010053P1010053

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Gary came to visit

We showed Gary around the claims and other mines, we did some drilling, he is now an expert gold panner, then to Gertie’s to celebrate.  He could have had a sour toe cocktail, but I guess he didn’t want to celebrate that much.  Gary’s and my aunt Nellie asked if rain would keep us from our claims.  We have to ford Bonanza Creek to our hill top claims and high water can keep us from them.  We choose not to operate the machinery in the mud because it just makes a terrible mess.  Once we get down to gravel it is not so bad.  If anybody out there wants to visit the Yukon, send me an email or comment here.  I don’t do facebook other than through my blog.P1010110 P1010109 P1010123 P1010174

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Rain Day in Dawson

Originally posted on klondikesteveblog:

I have been rather remiss in keeping all of you out there informed.  First I should apologize to all of you who are my friends on facebook.  I don’t understand facebook….. that probably seems hard to believe.  So when I post on my blog it goes on facebook, otherwise I do not do facebook.  Please post on my blog or use the contact form on my website.

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OK so much for the housekeeping part!

Big news Kathy and I were married last October!  I finally found a keeper!  She is pretty brave!  Dawson’s dust is now mud!  That is only one of her patience tests…..

We have had some pretty cool thunder storms here in Dawson in the last couple of weeks.  Last night we had lightning and a down pour that knocked out the power in town.  The Drunken Goat restaurant (one of the nicer ones in…

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Rain Day in Dawson

I have been rather remiss in keeping all of you out there informed.  First I should apologize to all of you who are my friends on facebook.  I don’t understand facebook….. that probably seems hard to believe.  So when I post on my blog it goes on facebook, otherwise I do not do facebook.  Please post on my blog or use the contact form on my website.

http://www.klondikesteve.com  or  www.klondikesteveblog.com

OK so much for the housekeeping part!

Big news Kathy and I were married last October!  I finally found a keeper!  She is pretty brave!  Dawson’s dust is now mud!  That is only one of her patience tests…..

We have had some pretty cool thunder storms here in Dawson in the last couple of weeks.  Last night we had lightning and a down pour that knocked out the power in town.  The Drunken Goat restaurant (one of the nicer ones in town) where we we eating, was dark for part of our meal.

My cousin Gary is coming to visit tonight, and for a few days.  Jack and Georgia Hoffman stopped by our claim and invited us to their camp for dinner tomorrow night.  It is a surprise for Gary.  He is a fan of the Gold Rush show, so I am sure he will enjoy visiting the Hoffmans, Thurber and the rest of the gang at their camp.

In my last writings on here I spoke of our visit with Ron Feldman and his son Josh from Apache Junction Arizona.  We were watching TV one evening sometime after that and recognized Josh on the TV show Ice Cold Gold, filmed in Greenland of all places.  Ron had expressed an interest in coming to the Yukon to visit.  We have spoken a number of times on the phone since, and he may come visit next season.

We will have the assessment work done on the claims next season and are thinking of taking a summer or two off from the Yukon.  If any of you reading this wish to visit Dawson perhaps you might plan your trip for next season.  We get kind of lonely up here.  It is so remote and far away we don’t get many visitors.  We have friends here but they are so busy with the short season we have to wait for off season to spend time with them.

We enjoy showing people around the area including things most tourists don’t see.  So this is your chance for a local guide…..summers only!

 

Steve

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